We’re all consumers of the news – and in this town politics – but what goes into covering it? Find out about the highs and the lows, as well as the how-tos of political correspondence; get opinions of what will be op-ed worthy for the year ahead and find out if there’s anything special about being a woman in this political world.
Join Katharine Murphy (The Guardian), Primrose Riordan (The Australian), Karen Middleton (The Saturday Paper) and Katina Curtis (AAP) to discuss life on Capital Hill.
Festival Muse Opening Drinks Party
It wouldn't be a festival if we didn't have a party! Tickets to Women of the Press Gallery include an after party opening reception with drinks, live music and delicacies from the Muse kitchen.
Tickets: $25 (includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink on arrival and admittance to Festival Muse opening party)
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Katina Curtis is a political journalist and Canberra chief of staff with newswire AAP. A born and bred Canberran, she came to the national press gallery four prime ministers ago after working with community newspapers. Katina specialises in education and climate change reporting but also revels in the thrust and parry of daily politics.
Karen Middleton is The Saturday Paper’s chief political correspondent. She was previously chief political correspondent and Canberra bureau chief for SBS Television, and has worked in the press gallery since 1989, serving as its president for four years. She is the author of the biography, Albanese: Telling it Straight, and An Unwinnable War, on Australia’s involvement in Afghanistan.
Katharine Murphy has worked in the parliamentary press gallery since 1996, and is currently political editor of Guardian Australia. Previously she has worked for The Australian Financial Review, The Australian and The Age. She is a regular commentator on television and radio, including the ABC's Insiders program; and contributes a quarterly essay about politics to the literary journal, Meanjin. An award-winning journalist, Katharine is also an adjunct associate professor of journalism at the University of Canberra, and a director of the National Press Club.
Primrose Riordan is a political journalist covering foreign affairs with The Australian after working for The Australian Financial Review for two years. Prior to that she worked at The Canberra Times. She has a special interest in China after working for China Radio International and freelancing in Beijing. She was the runner up in the 2016 Wallace Brown award.